The hills are a vivid purple with the heather in flower at this time of year. An August walk in the Pentlands is punctuated with the blooms of the old-fashioned hill grasses and herbs. Look carefully for tasty wild blaeberries to pick and lucky white heather!
On the farm, the sheep are gathered. The first of the lambs off to market and wool is packed off to Galashiels for grading and sale.
AUGUST AVAILABILITY AT EASTSIDE
Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) fully booked
Byre Cottage (sleeps 4) fully booked
Woodshed (sleeps 2) available 5th - 12th & 19th - 26th August 2022
Cartshed (sleeps 2) available 5th - 19th & 26th - 31st August 2022
Wash House (sleeps 2) available 5th - 31st August 2022
What's on around Edinburgh in August?
Edinburgh comes alive with street performances, pop up bars, cafés and venues. Both the Edinburgh Festival Fringe & Edinburgh International Festival run along side each other offering entertainment from opera and orchestra to dance, comedy, and circus.
The Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe are obviously the main events this month making the city a busy but really exciting place to visit. There is so much more besides with the Edinburgh Arts Festival celebrating the visual arts and the Book Festival setting up their tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens for two weeks of high profile debates and discussions.
Edinburgh Art Festival | until 28th August 2022
Edinburgh Festival Fringe | 5th - 29th August 2022
Edinburgh Foodies Festival | 5th - 7th August 2022
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo | 5th - 27th August 2022
Edinburgh International Festival | 5th -28th August 2022
Edinburgh International Book Festival | 13th - 29th August 2022
Jupiter Rising | 26th - 28th August 2022
Edinburgh International Film Festival | 12th - 20th August 2022
Art & Exhibition
Little Sparta : The Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay | 2nd June - 25th September 2022 (Thursday - Sunday)
You are Here 2022 | until 8th January 2023
Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life | until 2nd October 2022
Mary, Queen of Scots and the Book of Hours | until 2nd August 2022
Alan Davie: Beginning of a Far-off World | until 24th September 2022 | Dovecot studios
Céline Condorelli / After Work | until 3rd September 2022
Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life | until 30th October 2022
MASTERPIECES FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE | until 25th September 2022
If you are looking to escape the city for a few days why not follow our Outlander locations blog, exploring some wild and wonderful locations locally, like the Royal Burgh of Curloss, Blackness Castle or the eerily beautiful Glencorse Kirk just down the glen.
Foodie finds & dining events
For an unusual field to fork dining experience we highly recommend a summer evening at The Free Company. An old farm steading on the edge of the Pentlands turned rustic supper club venue. Booking essential.
The Free Company : Summer series | TBC, keep an eye on their website!
For a full list of the best dining experiences see our new blog post, the best food, drink and local larders in and around Edinburgh.
To pick your own fresh local produce head to Craigie's Farm Shop where this month their strawberries, raspberries, cherries, sunflowers, redcurrants, blackcurrants, gooseberries, peas, broad beans, french beans and runner beans are in season.